December 14, 1959 ~ October 2, 2020 (age 60)


Melanie Lane (Ballard) Nelms, 60, left this life to be with God and the Angels on Friday, October 2, 2020 in Libby. Melanie was a bright and shining star who will be missed and loved by many. Friends and family are so thankful for Home Options Hospice for the earth Angels who cared for Melanie in her last days.

Melanie was born in Kentucky and spent much of her life in California before she moved to her beloved Montana in 1996. She received her BS in Accounting from Cal State Fullerton where she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. Melanie married her husband and best friend, Donald, in 1993. They had the good fortune of early retirement and traveled in their 5th wheel around the United States. Melanie never met a stranger. She loved horseback riding (especially Cherokee), metal detecting, crafts, camping, cooking, gardening, fishing, listening to Aerosmith, and being with friends.

She is survived by husband Donald Nelms; brother JB Ballard (Shay), California; nieces Tracy and Amy; Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, friends, and her fur babies, Ruger and Sissy.

Private visitation will be held at Schnackenberg Funeral Home followed by a Celebration of Life. Melanie's favorite charity was "Janie's Fund" for abused girls through her favorite group, Aerosmith. Memorial contributions can be made through  Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby.  Online condolences and memories may be shared at,.

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